Born: Circa 1935
Birthsite: Yumari North, Docker River, W.A.
Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa (aka Mrs. Bennett) is an important artist represented in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Artbank Sydney, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, National Gallery of Victoria, and corporate and private collections in Australia and around the world.
Mrs Bennett was married to the late John John Tjapangati Bennett (a Pintupi speaker from Mukulurru, also north of Docker River). She was a participant in the Kintore?Haasts Bluff collaborative canvas project in 1994. This resulted in an exhibition titled ‘Minyma Tjukurrpa’ held at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute in 1995. Other exhibitions of her works include Twenty?five Years and Beyond’ (1999) and Australia Perspecta (1999).
Nyurapayia favours the use of strong contrasts using blacks and pale yellows/creams set in relief against a red ground. Her designs are based on the stories relating to women’s ceremony and often depict the gathering of traditional bush foods and the rituals that are connected with their preparation. The depictions of the sand dune country and surrounding rocky outcrops bear a relationship to the designs used for body painting during the ceremonial dance referred to as ‘inma’. Nyurapayia Nampitjinpa was named among the top 50 of Australia’s Most Collectable Artists in Australian Art Collector, issue 15, January – March, 2001.
2010 Paintings 2010 – Metro Gallery, Melbourne
2007 Papunya Tula, Short Street Gallery, Broome, Western Australia, Australia. Papunya Tula Women, Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Survey-Group show of emerging artists, Raft Artspace, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. The Black And White Show, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore.
2006 Yawulyurru kapalilu palyara nintilpayi, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT Paintings By Papunya Tula Artists, Suzanne O’Connell Gallery, Brisbane, QLD A Particular Collection, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
Pintubi Dreaming, Red Dot Gallery, Singapore Land Marks, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic Across The Board, Utopia Art Sydney, NSW
2004 The Inner and the Outer, Stadtgalerie Bamberg, Villa Dessauer, Bamberg, Germany All About The Papunya, Chapman Gallery, Canberra, ACT Woolloongabba Art Gallery, Brisbane, QLD Works From Kintore and Kiwirrkura, Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
Kuniya Pilkati, Gallery Gabrielle Pizzi, Melbourne, Vic 2003 Christmas Gift Exhibition, Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne, Vic
Pintupi Art From The Western Desert, Indigenart, Subiaco, WA
Aboriginal Art 2003, Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, Vic 2002 Next Generation – Aboriginal Art 2002, Art House Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Paintings From Our country, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide, SA
Twenty Five Years and Beyond – Papunya Tula Painting, Academy of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Tasmania
Twenty Five Years and Beyond – Papunya Tula Painting, Brisbane City Gallery, QLD Scott Livesey Art Dealer, Melbourne, Vic Pintupi Mens’ and Womens’ Stories, Indigenart, Subiaco, WA Pintupi Artists, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT
2001 Palm Beach Art Fair, Palm Beach, Florida, USA Art House Gallery, Sydney, NSW Papunya Tula 2001, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, Vic Art of the Pintupi, Tony Bond Aboriginal Art Dealer, Adelaide, SA Papunya Tula Women, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, Vic Twenty Five Years and Beyond – Papunya Tula Painting, The Araluen Centre, Alice Springs Indigenart, Subiaco, WA Pintupi Exhibition, Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT Pintupi Women From Kintore, Fireworks Gallery, Brisbane, QLD Size Doesn’t Matter, William Mora Galleries, Melbourne, Vic
2000 Utopia Art, Sydney, NSW Aboriginal Art, Aboriginal Art Gallerie Bahr, Speyer, Germany Aboriginal Art 2000, Scott Livesey Gallery, Armadale, Vic Papunya Tula – Genesis and Genius, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 17th National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award, Darwin, NT Framed Gallery, Darwin, NT Pintupi Women – Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs, NT
1999 Utopia Art, Sydney, NSW Twenty Five Years and Beyond – Papunya Tula Painting, Flinders University Art Museum,
Flinders University, Bedford Park, SA 1996 Papunya Tula Artists Pty. Ltd. Alice Springs, NT
Utopia Art, Sydney, NSW C.A.A.A.C.E, Araluen Art Centre, Alice Springs, NT
National Gallery of Australia National Gallery of Victoria Artbank Aboriginal Art Museum, The Netherlands Art Gallery of New South Wales